ech506 | Graduate

Introduction To Early Childhood Education

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This course provides an overview of early childhood education for children, birth through age eight. Topics include theories and history of early childhood education, play theories, program types and models, and public policy trends. The course examines the significance of developmentally effective learning experiences throughout early childhood programs.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Theories and Models of Early Childhood Education

    • Describe the significance of play theories for learning.
    • Evaluate the implications of brain-based research for early childhood education.
    • Examine theories and models of early childhood education.

    Components of Early Childhood Education Programs

    • Describe essential elements of an early childhood education program.
    • Analyze diversity considerations in early childhood education programs.
    • Examine the benefits of family and community collaboration in early childhood programs.

    The Professional Early Childhood Educator

    • Review public policies related to early childhood education.
    • Examine professional standards, qualifications, preparation programs, and continuing education opportunities related to early childhood education.

    Early Childhood Learning Environments

    • Identify characteristics of a developmentally appropriate early childhood learning environment.
    • Examine how the learning environment affects the physical, motor, cognitive, and affective development of young children.
    • Describe assessment strategies that guide teaching and learning in early childhood settings.

    Foundations of Early Childhood Education

    • Examine the role of early childhood education in contemporary society.
    • Analyze appropriate early childhood terminology.
    • Identify historical and theoretical developments in early childhood education.
    • Identify current topics in early childhood education.

    Current Trends in Early Childhood Education

    • Identify local, state, and national trends and issues in early childhood education.
    • Examine the use of technology in early childhood education.
    • Analyze current topics in early childhood education.

    Ethical Standards and Professional Guidelines

    • Examine codes of ethics guiding the early childhood educator, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct.
    • Identify standards of confidentiality, sensitivity, and respect for children and families.
    • Analyze the legal and ethical roles and responsibilities of the professional early childhood educator.
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